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I shall tell you a great secret, my friend.
by Albert Camus

I shall tell you a great secret, my friend.
Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.
- Albert Camus

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

What is happiness except the simple harmony
between a man and the life he leads?
- Albert Camus

Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Camus

 

Life is a sum of all your choices.
- Albert Camus

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
- Albert Camus

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
- Albert Camus

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Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
- Albert Camus

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself,
and dies of all others.
- Albert Camus

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
- Albert Camus

When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
- Albert Camus

It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people
think they can be happy without money.
- Albert Camus

I would rather live my life as if there is a God and
die to find out there isn't,
than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.
- Albert Camus

A guilty conscience needs to confess.
A work of art is a confession.
- Albert Camus

Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair,
offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity
that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.
- Albert Camus

Men must live and create.
Live to the point of tears.
- Albert Camus

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there
was in me an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus

A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover,
through the detours of art, those two or three great
and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
- Albert Camus

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
- Albert Camus

Without work, all life goes rotten.
But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
- Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Camus

You cannot create experience.
You must undergo it.
- Albert Camus

You will never be happy if you continue to search for
what happiness consists of.
You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
- Albert Camus

How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!
- Albert Camus

To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
- Albert Camus

At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.
- Albert Camus

One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
- Albert Camus

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes
only if you generously consent to share them.
- Albert Camus

As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city.
Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
- Albert Camus

Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love.
- Albert Camus

The desire for possession is insatiable,
to such a point that it can survive even love itself.
To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves.
- Albert Camus

Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only
if you generously consent to share them.
- Albert Camus

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous
energy merely to be normal.
- Albert Camus

Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.
- Albert Camus

There is the good and the bad, the great and the low,
the just and the unjust.
I swear to you that all that will never change.
- Albert Camus

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.
- Albert Camus

Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter
in history acknowledge what they want;
not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.
- Albert Camus

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.
- Albert Camus

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance,
and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence
if they lack understanding.
- Albert Camus

Truth, like light, blinds.
Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight
that enhances every object.
- Albert Camus

In order to exist just once in the world,
it is necessary never again to exist.
- Albert Camus

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.
Great works are often born on a street corner or in
a restaurant's revolving door.
- Albert Camus

What the world requires of the Christians is that they
should continue to be Christians.
- Albert Camus

Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to
our world in the name of revolution have become,
in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.
- Albert Camus

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence
and an appeal to the essence of being.
- Albert Camus

Real nobility is based on scorn, courage,
and profound indifference.
- Albert Camus

I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
- Albert Camus

The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
- Albert Camus

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die -
and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
- Albert Camus

Retaliation is related to nature and instinct,
not to law.
Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
- Albert Camus

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.
- Albert Camus

To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
- Albert Camus

We call first truths those we discover after all the others.
- Albert Camus

You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer
'yes' without having asked any clear question.
- Albert Camus

We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.
In that race which daily hastens us towards death,
the body maintains its irreparable lead.
- Albert Camus

The society based on production is only productive,
not creative.
- Albert Camus

We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile.
And now we realize that we know where it lives...
inside ourselves.
- Albert Camus

Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today,
could justify non-violence.
- Albert Camus

The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.
- Albert Camus

Don't wait for the last judgment - it takes place every day.
- Albert Camus

Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten,
mocked or used.
As for being understood - never.
- Albert Camus

After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk
of the most dreadful of deaths,
whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion.
- Albert Camus

Integrity has no need of rules.
- Albert Camus

To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time,
faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well.
- Albert Camus

The welfare of the people in particular has always
been the alibi of tyrants.
- Albert Camus

We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love -
first to their advantage,
then to their disadvantage.
- Albert Camus

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
- Albert Camus

There will be no lasting peace either in the heart
of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.
- Albert Camus

Men are convinced of your arguments,
your sincerity,
and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.
- Albert Camus

We continue to shape our personality all our life.
If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
- Albert Camus


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